MLB Home Run Derby 2013: Is Bryce Harper Ready For the Big Lights?

Looking at the 2013 MLB Home Run Derby contestants, there is a great mixture of youthful and experienced sluggers. For example, five out of the eight players in the derby are competing in the event for the first time in their career. With that being said, Prince Fielder and Robinson Cano will also be in the 2013 contest and they have a combined three Home Run Derby titles.

Baseball fans have had this date circled for quite some time as the derby is truly a beloved event. Every year we watch baseball after baseball leave the ballpark at a rapid pace and hope that the show will never end.

Well, the last time that the All-Star Game was in New York Josh Hamilton set a Home Run Derby record by smashing 28 home runs in the first round of the 2008 Home Run Derby which was held in Yankee Stadium. That showing put Hamilton on the map and I’m betting we will have another young star get famous for nailing insignificant home runs in the Big Apple.

I’m taking Bryce Harper as this year’s winner.

The Washington Nationals‘ outfielder is already a two-time All-Star and he hasn’t even turned 21 years old yet! Yes — Harper isn’t even old enough to drink in the United States, but that won’t matter come Monday night. Besides, Harper’s father will be throwing Bryce batting practice and if that doesn’t make you root for No.  34 then nothing will.

If the 2013 MLB season has shown us anything it’s to expect the unexpected, so keep a close eye on the Home Run Derby this year.

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